Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Flash Gordon in Anandamela!!

 UPDATE(4/8/2013): Fellow blogger Mahasthobir has informed us that this particular Flash Gordon story was comic-book adaption from the movie made(as Illustrated Movie Classic) and the illustration was done by famous Al Williamson! A heartily thanks to him for sharing this rare info with us!:))
 You can also check this forum-topic(at Phantom Phorum) on the that post has been updated!
 The first page and covers of part 1 & 2....
 Few months back,I was pleasantly surprised when learnt that Flash Gordon appeared in the Anandamela but after seeing the stories myself from a set of old Anandamela(small ones)  bought recently,I was bit disappointed because that story printed in the AMs was not the original strip-version, rather a creation for some book-series,but not from the King-Flash stories for sure as the art was better.
 The introductory issue of AM was 30th June 1982.. [I have no idea exactly when Flash Gordon was discontinued,of course on/before 1985, but the exact month/issue number is unknown to me.So anybody with the proper idea please come-forward! ]
   That story - published serially in the AM - was the origin-saga - later re-created by Dan Barry on mid '80s and we got the first part in the Indrajal as well : Syecchachari Shasyak (Vol26 No.23).
 The story-line was same where Flash,Dale & Dr.Jarkov - the terrific three - met for the first time.But the art was different...

 With Flash comics,the publisher(Ananda) covered as many as 5 Indrajal heroes in their various publications as follows :
  • Phantom(Aranyadev) in ABP(newspaper ; Mon-Sat (since '50s - present) ,Desh & Anandamela(magazines)
  • Mandrake in ABP(newspaper : Sunday (till '90s) ,Mon-Sat (since 2000s - present))
  • Rip Kirby in ABP(newspaper ; Mon-Sat (till 2000))
  • Buz Swayer in Anandamela(magazine)
  • Flash Gordon in Anandamela(magazine)
Few more glimpses of that will find Ming the merciless,princess Aura ,Barin to Valtan there...all of them..

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Comic #105 : "Hunta Dyaini" - A Non-Indrajal Phantom Classic in BENGALI

 UPDATE(30/7/13) : 
A couple of re-uploaded links of Rip Kirby dailies which were deleted by MF....
After Times of India cancelled the Indrajal Comics on 1990,publisher of Diamond Comics quickly bought the Phantom & Mandrake strips' right from KFS. Hence their Phantom series commenced on 1991 in the three languages(Bengali,English & Hindi) and Mandrake in the following year (but this time Bengali version was omitted!).
And very soon their issues were compared with the former series by the fans of Falks' two magnificent heroes! Well,their printing was not at-par with Indrajal Comics but they had a couple of plus-points those Ijcs were lacking.
 First,they published almost ALL strips in the unedited form,something that was rarely happened in the early phase of Indrajal issues as ToI used to edit the stories to fit in their limited pages(before the multiple-part policy was introduced in the late '70s) and secondly,we got some rare works by Falk-Barry which were never published in the Indrajal!
One of those is Hunta Witch, 91st Daily and a brilliant adventure!Why ToI skipped this??Due to a political connection or what??I have no idea!!
Anyway, for Bengali fans,DC did splendid favor otherwise we couldn't read many Phantom stories in our own tongue!Another fitting plot I can remember currently, that ToI skipped and DC picked, is the Mysterious Island of Dogs(D86), first published in DC-P #8.[You can read a 2-year old review post!]
 Amidst of all these good things, there is one negative thing about these books.That is,DC digests are not at all perfect for scanning due to their  typical pocket-book size & binding!Unlike Ijcs you have tough time scanning these.So hopefully you will bear with me! ;))
Between, Hunta Witch is the 2nd story of  #11 issue. Avid Indrajal fans can easily guess the first one from the cover-art,a true classic that was published in the Indrajal Comics!! :o))
For more info about Diamond Phantom,read this wiki page:

Friday, July 12, 2013

Comic #104 : A Goyenda Rip Indrajal AND A Question...

 Now time for a Rip Kirby aka Goyenda Rip Indrajal - ছায়ায় মোড়া ভয়ংকর(সংখ্যা ৩৭৬) - published on 1982. A nice (and quite funny) adventure through which our Goyenda Rip and his side-kick Desmond were introduced with us,the Indrajal readers!
A little info about RK stories in the Indrajal Comics can be found in this post.
 Now time for The Question (Well friends,it may sound odd at first, and while I am sure most of you haven't faced it before,hopefully you will come-forward with your own stories):

When You Had MOVED ON From Indrajal Comics & WHY?

 Of course you are now reading Indrajal Comics like crazy,can't be without these titles for long and that's the reason why you are reading my post(ha ha) - but it's a fact that MOST OF US,GROWN-UP Indrajal Readers,ARE IN THEIR 2nd/3rd PHASE of the Indrajal reading,isn't it?? That is,most of us were introduced with these enchanting titles in our childhood,ranging from '60 to '80s,were hooked for some years and then moved-on from these for years due to several reasons.Finally, after many years, there was a come-back in this magical world and since then there is no looking back! :)

 I am lucky to have several interactions with such fans,either by on-line/cell or through personal meeting, who are just as much Indrajal-maniac as me,if not more! Some of them are like Sudhanshu, Zaheer, Aalok, Prabhat, Anupam, Sameer etc followed by Bengali readers like Samrat, Walker, Indranath, Devil, Suman, Mahasthabir etc to name a few!:)

 While I will eagerly waiting for your replies I can tell my side of story.
 I was bit late in this magical universe compare to my class-mates and that was on 1989. Although Indrajals were discontinued soon after on 1990,I kept reading and collecting old issues thanks to various friends till 1995 or 1996.Then due to majorly of higher-studies,cricket(I'm an addict) and of course lack-of-availability of old issues,I was slowly but steadily moved-on from reading Indrajals. Except few occasional reading from our local libraries' little collection,I wasn't there to think about this series or to start a collection. In my JU days I tried few times to collect the old issues but I wasn't looking at right places and hence got only negligibly small numbers and lost the interest!
 Then in the the final year of PG,on 2005,I suddenly felt this pang to collect old issues,felt a strange desperation that I can't explain! I guess that desperation,might be due to the fact that deep-down I was missing this series very much, itself forced me to search various odd places where I could get few copies.And after my introduction with old-book shops at College Street on 2006(there was a period when I used to visit CS 2-3 times a week!!) followed by our on-line blogs on 2007,I was completely hooked with Indrajals and hopefully I will remain hooked for the rest of my life..

 So once again,WHEN YOU HAD MOVED-ON and WHAT'S The REASON??

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Comic #103 : A Betal Indrajal : Bhoyankar Parjatak/ভয়ংকর পর্যটক(No.148)

 I hope you are visiting our new blog Bengali Treasure-Trove(BTT). Today morning,a new posting has been done..

  Meanwhile enjoy ভয়ংকর পর্যটক - a fascinating Betal abhijan! Well,Falk was a master story-teller specially in the back-drop of well-planned & dreaded crimes and this one,Bhoyankar Parjatak, is no exception.Another thing Falk maintained throughout his tenure that,however crooked the female characters can be,they are morally at higher position and has been shown in the far better light than their male counterparts!In this adventure you will find one of those looters,Bela, has been shown in much soft-natured than you might have expected!
  In his earliest phase,specifically in the '30s & '40s,Falk was responsible for several (in)famous & dreaded all-female pirate-gangs' origins with whom our Betal met for several time.Those gangs were never returned in the later-phase but still their encounters with the Phantom are considered among the best Falk-classics solely because how the characters have been shown!
They were as follows:
  • The Sky Band (1936-42)
  • The Golden Circle (1939-40)
  • The Mermaids of Melo Straits (1945-46)
  • The Lady Luck Pirates (1948)
 But later,due to some unknown reason,Falk moved-on from this concept and hence later we find female crooks only teamed-up with other male partners!
 Among those female-only gangs and other female pirates,Suzie - member of that ruthless and high-profile pirate-gang - holds a special place as she was one who betrayed her gang solely because she fell in love with the Phantom and finally died,but not before seeing His face - something that's pretty rare in the Ghost Who Walks' universe!

 Between, Bhoyankar Parjatak was originally published as the 113th Daily strip, titled The Mysterious Passenger, and ran from May-July 1971.